Professional Details

Bill Ferguson
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

Offices in Pasadena & Palm Springs

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Pasadena Office # 626-710-4140
Palm Springs Office # 760-537-4190
Pasadena, CA 91103
USA
626-710-4140
Fax: 760-537-4190

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Description of Practice

Bill Ferguson is a qualified and compassionate mediator based in the Pasadena and Palm Springs Areas, who offers a swift, confidential and constructive process to assist you in reaching an agreement in your dispute. His specialties include helping families - Same Sex and Opposite Sex Relationships with Divorce, Separations and Domestic Partnerships. He understands that the fear of any legal dispute can affect you emotionally and financially. His mediation process helps to alleviate those fears by putting each of you in control of the outcome, helping you make the best decisions so you can move forward and get these issues behind you. Come work through your legal disputes with a mediation professional in a Calm, Safe, Non-Threatening environment. Call today and speak to Bill. You will see that he is the type of mediator that brings peace and ease into the room, creating an environment that is conducive to both healthy emotions and successful outcomes for a new tomorrow. Member Desert Bar Association Member of Los Angeles County Bar Association Member State of California Fee Dispute Mediation Panel Member Los Angeles County Bar Fee Dispute Mediation Panel Member Southern California Mediation Association Fee Dispute Arbitrator – California State Bar Fee Dispute Los Angeles County Bar Fee Dispute Desert Bar Association

Professional Background

Experience • MEDIATOR / California Divorce Mediator, LLC – Los Angeles, CA / Palm Springs CA 2009 to Present • FEE ARBITRATOR / STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA – San Francisco, CA • FEE ARBITRATOR / LONG BEACH BAR ASSOCIATION – Long Beach, CA • ARBITRATOR / LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION • PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE INCLUDES: Over 20 years as a business and relationship building professional in the speciality areas of law, business, entertainment and nonprofit agencies.

Experience

DIVORCE MEDIATION Come work through the issues of your divorce with a mediation professional in a calm and peaceful setting. Bill understands that the outcome of your divorce will affect the rest of your life. His goal is to provide a safe, stress free environment so you can both work out all aspects of your divorce agreement and make the best decisions you can for your future. GAY DIVORCE MEDIATION BILL UNDERSTANDS THE COMPLEXITIES OF GAY AND LESBIAN RELATIONSHIPS Mediation offers a way to resolve conflicts and create an agreement that meets both of your needs. GAY DIVORCE MEDIATION offers gay and lesbian couples a way to move forward with dignity to a mutually acceptable agreement. The mediation process benefits divorcing spouses who are committed to avoiding the high cost, time and on-going stress of divorce litigation. BUSINESS CONTRACT MEDIATION BILL UNDERSTANDS THE COMPLEXITIES OF FAMILY BUSINESS AND BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS Mediation offers a way to resolve conflicts and create an agreement that meets the needs of all involved. Whether its a family business or business relationship that needs help MEDIATION offers a way to move forward without disrupting the dynamics that make a business successful. Bill’s mediation process helps a business avoid the high cost and time involved in traditional law suits and litigation, getting both parties to a fair workable solution more quickly, more efficiently and at a much lower cost.

Degrees

BUSINESS LAW / B.S.B.A., California State University – Northridge, CA AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION – Paralegals Studies - AA – West Los Angeles College, CA

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2014    Los Angeles County Bar Association    Mediating Same Sex Relationships - 2 hrs
2014    Los Angeles County Bar Association    Understanding & Helping Families with Special Needs - 1.75 hrs
2013    Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution    ETHICS, CONFIDENTIALITY & NEUTRALITY IN MEDIATION – 8 hrs
2012    Forrest Mosten Mediation Training    DIVORCE MEDIATION TRAINING - 40 hrs
2010    The Supreme Court of Ohio    FORECLOSURE MEDIATION TRAINING - 16 hours
2009    Supreme Court Of Ohio    UNIFORM MEDIATION ACT – The Roles of Professionals in Mediation - 16 hours
2008    Los Angeles County Bar Association    PEER MEDIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION - 20 hours
2008    Los Angeles County Bar Association    CALIFORNIA FEE DISPUTE TRAINING - 11 hours
2007    Los Angeles County Bar Assoc. – Dispute Resolution Services    BASIC MEDIATION MEDIATION TRAINING - 40 hrs

Approach

Bills gentle but no nonsense approach and commitment to the mediation process is all about getting both parties to the table to work through to a mutually acceptable agreement. Bill only accepts clients who are committed to avoiding the high cost, time and stress of divorce litigation – which inevitably saves you time, money and gives you peace of mind. Each session is 3 hours and multiple sessions (the same day, week, month, quarter) may be required depending on each family’s unique personal needs.

Fees

Initial 15 minute Phone Consultation is free. From there a 1-hour in person consultation is done with each spouse/party to determine each person’s individual concerns and to establish the willingness to mediate. While every issue may not get resolved in Mediation, Bill will do his best to work with you to collectively to make as much progress as possible and avoid your future being left in the hands of an over burdened court system. Each person should schedule the 1-hour consultation separately and the fee for the consultation is $175 per person – payable at least one week before the appointment. If for any reason the mediation process does not go forward the fee is non-refundable. However if the mediation proceeds, then both consultation fees (the total of $350) is completely applied to the first session! Full Mediation Sessions are in 3-hour blocks and Session fees are $650 per session and a sliding fee scale is available on a case-by-case basis to the economically challenged members of our community. Bill also offers Legal Document Assistant Services for his clients who want to mediate and complete all the court required paperwork with out needing to see an attorney. CA LDA#201382429

Other Information

Divorce mediation gives control of the separation and divorce process back to each of you. While the divorce court system has a set of laws that they must follow, the scariest part of divorce for most people is that someone else is going to decide the fate of their future. The judge rarely talks to you alone and gets to know your feelings or takes the time to understand your values and circumstances. A Divorce Court Judge makes decisions based on rules and general standards. A Divorce Court Judge does not have time to make each personal decision concerning your future and the future of your family and court orders are rarely tailored to your families individual needs. This lack of personal control can make you and your divorcing spouse feel threatened and scared which often results in threats and retaliation between the divorcing couple with the help of their attorneys. When you work with Bill on your Divorce Mediation you are working with a trained mediator who’s goal is to find a “happy medium” in all of your divorce arrangements – one that both divorcing spouses can live with.

Areas of Practice

  • Business (23 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (13 mediated)
  • Contracts (23 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (122 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (118 mediated)
  • Family (115 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (75 mediated)
  • Marital Mediation (80 mediated)
  • Pet Mediation (4 mediated)
  • Probate (3 mediated)
  • Professional Fees

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Conflict Coach
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.

Attachments

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